For the first time in British history, an interfaith Water Blessing Ceremony was performed on the lap of River Thames to pay respects to the ancient, life-giving river and to pray that people world over should have access to safe, sufficient water.
The event, hosted by Keith, also was organised to raise awareness of water scarcity across the globe which has reached unprecedented dangerous levels.
When Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla came to India in November 2013, they visited the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh (Himalayas), presided over by Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and performed this sacred ‘Water Blessings Ceremony’ on the banks of the River Ganges, offering blessings to the river which is the lifeline for more than 500 million Indians and praying for improved access to water across the world.
The faith leaders gave inspiring, uplifting and compelling discourses on the importance of protection and preservation of water. They highlighted the fact that water is truly the giver of life, and therefore considered sacred in all the world’s religious traditions.